Two of today's maverick authors on anomalous experience present a perception-altering and intellectually thrilling analysis of why the paranormal is real, but radically different from what is conventionally
Whitley Strieber (Communion) and Jeffrey J. Kripal (J. Newton Rayzor professor of religion at Rice University) team up on this unprecedented and intellectually vibrant new framing of inexplicable events and experiences.
Rather than merely document the anomalous, these authors--one the man who popularized alien abduction and the other a renowned scholar and "renegade advocate for including the paranormal in religious studies" (The New York Times)--deliver a fast-paced and exhilarating study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction but a vital and authentic aspect of life.
Their suggestion? That all kinds of "impossible" things, from extra-dimensional beings to bilocation to bumps in the night, are not impossible at all: rather, they are a part of our natural world. But this natural world is immeasurably more weird, more wonderful, and probably more populated than we have so far imagined with our current categories and cultures, which are what really make these things seem "impossible."
The Super Natural considers that the natural world is actually a "super natural world"--and all we have to do to see this is to change the lenses through which we are looking at it and the languages through which we are presently limiting it. In short: The extraordinary exists if we know how to look at and think about it.
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About the Author
JEFFREY J. KRIPAL is the J. Newton Rayzor professor of religion at Rice University. He is the author of six books, including Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion, Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred, and Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal.
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The Already World
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Table of Contents
1 The Already World 1
2 Into the Woods 21
3 Making the Cut 39
4 The Blue Man Group-the Other One 57
5 A Context in the Sky 79
6 Lying in the Lap of the Goddess 96
7 What Evolution Looks Like 111
8 Pain 130
9 Super Sexualities 150
10 Physical Traces and the Feral Boy 174
11 The Magical Object 189
12 Cracking the Cosmic Egg 206
13 Trauma, Trance, and Transcendence 218
14 Haunted 234
15 The Soul Is a UFO 262
16 Mythmaking 282
17 The Mythical Object 303
18 Shifting the Conversation 320
Appendix: "An Approximation to Realness or Final Awakening": Or How to Make the Supernatural Super Natural in Nine Steps 339
Entirely Natural Notes 343
About the Authors 367